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Rather than take the Konami route and succumb to political pressure, EA is sticking to its guns and defending Medal of Honor.
When alarmists found out that one side plays as the Taliban during multiplayer matches, they took to the airwaves and denounced the game. The furor reached the upper echelon of the British government, with Defense Secretary Liam Fox going as far as to call for a ban of the game. Nevermind that several multiplayer shooters in the past have pitted one side as the Nazis, Vietcong, Chinese, and other Middle Eastern countries with known hostilities toward America and Great Britain.
Speaking to Develop magazine, EA Games president Frank Gibeau didn't mince words or back down, saying “We respect the media’s views, but at the same time [these
reports] don’t compromise our creative vision and what we want to do."
“At EA we passionately believe games are an art form, and I don’t know
why films and books set in Afghanistan don’t get flack, yet [games] do," he continued.
"Whether it’s Red Badge Of Courage or The Hurt Locker, the media of its
time can be a platform for the people who wish to tell their stories.
Games are becoming that platform."
Gibeau also pointed out that not everyone in the military is against the title. “What’s really important for us is that we partnered with the
U.S. military and the Medal of Honor Society as well," he said. "We’ve gone out of
our way to produce the best story for the game."
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I agree. This is no different then other representations of terrorism in other media. Guess the majority of people are still ignorant to our form of entertainment...
Good for EA to stand by their vision.
"EA is sticking to its guns and defending Medal of Honor. "
Tim's contagious everyone! Bertz caught the puns.
I honestly don't see the problem with this and I serve in the Army. Personally i think if you are too weak minded, and let a video game get you so worked up...maybe the smart thing for you to do is not play it? I mean no one is forcing anybody to play it...so why complain?
People just need to chill the eff out. These "alarmists" need to get a life and stop being so *** uptight about everything...
I think since they partnered with the U.S. military on the game should quiet down some of the uproar since they worked with guys that were fighting there on the game. If it wasn't kosher they would have joined the uproar also.
Good for them but I bet some will still complain
ITS VIDEOGAMEIST I TELL YOU!!! THEY SAID IT DOESN'T EXIST BUT I WILL SHOW YOU ALL!!!
I like the tag "angry old people" haha.
yea people are freaking out to much about nothing really its a game get that into your skulls also its fake in modern warfare 1 and 2 you fight and kill american troops and no one had this uprising of anger and stuff really just get over it lots of people will still buy the game and play it regardless of if they dont even want to play as the taliban they still will play the game most of the time anyway you cant even see your person just your hands so really stop being so childish
Cool, I'm glad to see a developer sticking up for its decisions rather than quickly changing doing a 180%, at least for this type of decision, bad beta reviews, now that should be taken under advisement.
Good for them, glad EA politely and passionately stated their defense. No reason for the game to get banned, just another stupid excuse that people make.
Argh, why do I even bother.
When will people realize that it is just a game. It's not like people are going to join the Taliban just because they played as them in multiplayer.
I definitely agree with EA. It isn't a direct attack on the U.S., just an accurate (while fictitious [spelling?]) depiction of war.
I think using the Taliban is a great choice! It will show to kids that there is a absolute human aspect to real war. It might allow children (and adults for that matter) to understand that war isn't faceless/nameless warriors going at it. It might help people understand the true intensity and brutality of wartimes, instead of just mindless shooting.
medal of honor has sucked and i dont think this title will be any diffrent
I have no problem with them using Taliban for multiplayer, but Gibeau is crazy if he thinks that playing as the Taliban in a game is the same as movies like 'Red Badge of Courage' or 'The Hurt Locker'. If you're going to compare it to a movie it would need to be one which was told from the perspective of the Taliban and they were the Protaganists. Obviously, no mainstream company would make a movie like that. The only movie I could think of to compare it to would be 'Birth of a Nation', which set up the KKK as the protagonists and that was made in 1915 (and has gotten plenty of flack over the years).
Instead of trying to justify the inclusion of the Taliban by improperly comparing it to other forms of media, I think he'd be better off trying to educate the 'alarmists' on what playing as the Taliban for multiplayer actually entails or just ignoring them altogether.
im buying this game just so i can play as the taliban.